Parenthood changes your life in ways you cannot predict and one of the places you need to protect the most is your own self-care. Your new kiddo needs you and you will put a lot of your needs aside to take care of them. But you can’t pour from an empty cup; you need to give some things back to yourself so that you can be properly present for them.
Self-care is a major part of health care. They are so enmeshed that it’s difficult to separate them but as busy parents, we still remember to go to our physicals and get our teeth cleaned. While these big checkups are important, the little decisions we make every day have a bigger impact on our health than our dentists tut-tutting us about our flossing habit every six months.
It’s so hard to take care of ourselves when we have our jobs, our kids, and our households to take care of, too.
When we’re so busy, how could we possibly add self-care to the list of everything we need to accomplish?